The Simpsons: Season 12 (2000 - 2001)


Season 12
The Simpsons

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Air date: Nov 1, 2000
Air date: Nov 5, 2000
Air date: Nov 12, 2000
Air date: Nov 19, 2000
Air date: Nov 26, 2000
Air date: Dec 3, 2000
Air date: Dec 10, 2000
Air date: Dec 17, 2000
Air date: Jan 7, 2001
Air date: Jan 14, 2001
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Series 12 finds Homer achieving the unthinkable: He suddenly becomes an intelligent man in "HOMR" after a crayon he lodged into his brain in childhood is removed. Sadly, he finds that his newfound smarts alienate him from most of his friends and family, although they do allow him to connect with Lisa. Elsewhere, Krusty the Clown learns he has a daughter (voice of Drew Barrymore) and Bart and his classmates form a boy band whose songs contain subliminal messages to join the Navy. The season concludes with the anthology episode "Simpsons Tall Tales," which reimagines the stories of Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed and Tom Sawyer to star the Simpsons family.


Julie Kavner
as Marge Simpson
Dan Castellaneta
as Homer Simpson/Abe/St. Peter/Satan/Willie/Sideshow Mel
Nancy Cartwright
as Bart Simpson/Boy Scout/Goldilocks/Nelson/Baby
Yeardley Smith
as Lisa Simpson
Marcia Wallace
as Mrs. Krabappel
Harry Shearer
as Mr. Burns/Smithers/Ned Flanders/Principal Skinner
Hank Azaria
as Apu/Carl/Comic-Book Guy/Snake/Moe Szyslak/Chief Wiggum
Tress MacNeille
as Woman with baby/Agnes Skinner/Rapunzel/Witch/Woman
Pamela Hayden
as Maya Angelou/Milhouse
Karl Wiedergott
as Christopher Walken/Soldier #2
Russi Taylor
as Sherri/Terri
Frank Welker
as Dolphin vocal effects
Kelsey Grammer
as Sideshow Bob
Stacy Keach
as Duff the 8th
Shawn Colvin
as Rachel Jordan
Marcia Mitzman Gaven
as Helen Lovejoy
Joshua Jackson
as Jesse Grass
Roger Daltrey
as Himself as The Who
Zac Starkey
as Himself
Edward Norton
as Devon Bradley
Pete Townshend
as Himself as The Who
Frankie Muniz
as Frankie Muniz
Amy Tan
as Herself
JC Chasez
as Himself
Pete Sampras
as Himself
John Entwistle
as Himself as The Who
John Updike
as Himself
Mike Scully
as Magic Palace announcer
Ben Bledsoe
as Ralph Wiggum's Singing Voice
Jan Hooks
as Manjula
Gary Coleman
as Himself
Marc Terenzi
as Millhouse Van Houten's Singing Voice
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Critic Reviews for The Simpsons Season 12

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

That annual "Treehouse of Horror" outing, and Sunday's season curtain-raiser, prove that "The Simpsons" hasn't lost any steam.

Sep 20, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It's not the strongest season by far, but no episode feels like wasted time.

Jun 12, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Even halfway through their unplanned legacy, the show is still great.

Nov 8, 2017 | Full Review…

Throughout the season, the series manages the difficult task of being both timely and timeless.

Oct 31, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Just 'cause it's meta doesn't mean it's funny..

Oct 25, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Simpsons: Season 12

  • Nov 26, 2016
    Like season 11, season 12 is too focused on cheap gags for my taste. I did like this season better than 11 since it focuses more on creative plots but in the end it feels like a spin-off to The Simpsons rather than an extension, due to how far-out it is.
  • Jan 30, 2014
    Funny at times but sometimes it isn't funny at all, show has been going on too long now i think, overall it is isn't too bad
  • Jan 05, 2014
    Though better than the abomination season 11 was, season 12 still has the quirks of it, but it actually manages to be a bit funny in the process.
  • Nov 30, 2013
    While The Simpsons do start off well, only a few gems (such as 'HOMR', 'A Tale of Two Springfields' and 'Trilogy of Error') manage to make another subpar series more watchable than the last season.

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